Question about Toshiba Satellite 2450-401 Notebook
The hinge on this laptop is housed inside the perforated metal speaker cover on each side. On the right side this metal cover has become raised from its original position by a few millimetres and it moves when I open and close the screen. The screen itself has become a little loose.
It sounds like the hinge itself is broken. I have a relative with exactly the same problem, her laptop screen became floppy and didnt stay in the upright position. The hinges for the screen are complicated in that they appear to come as a top/bottom part already joined together, and need to be replaced as such. The metal used for the hinges is really flimy and easily snaps. this sounds like what has happened to yours. The problem is that is appears to be not econimcally viable to repair, and your probably better off scrapping it or buying another with say;.. a cracked screen and doing a swap-over of parts to get one fully working one (thats what I did)
Posted on Aug 30, 2009
You should probably try to remove the speaker cover (may require loosening the case screws or even opening the case) where you'll probably find that the hinge attaching screws on that side have worked loose. if that's the case you can use Blue LockTight on the tip of each screw before replacing them to insure they don't come lose again unless you need them to.
PS: I recently worked on a Satellite that resembled your description of the speaker grills in relation to the hinge points, but didn't notice either of the symptoms you mentioned. When I see it or one like it again I will pay close attention to the speaker grills and hinge tightness/looseness.
Posted on Feb 25, 2008
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